UPDATE 11/16 6:30 p.m. ET: The Utah Department of Public Safety confirmed in a statement on its website that troopers have found Brooke Mueller and her two young sons. UDPS noted that the boys, whom the real estate investor shares with ex-husband Charlie Sheen, are safe, but Mueller has been hospitalized.
“On the morning of November 16, dispatchers with the Utah Department of Public Safety received a welfare check call from a woman claiming to be the mother of Brooke Mueller,” the UDPS said. “Troopers with the Utah Highway Patrol responded to the welfare check call and located Mueller, her two children and a nanny on Interstate 15 near Nephi, Utah. The children are safe and will be released to family. Mueller was taken to an area hospital for evaluation. The State Bureau of Investigation is currently investigating the incident.”
Charlie Sheen‘s twin sons, Bob and Max, were found safe with his ex-wife Brooke Mueller following a brief ordeal, TMZ reported on Wednesday, November 16. The news comes hours after reports swirled that Mueller was on the run with the 7-year-old boys.
According to the site, police were searching for the two kids after Mueller, 39, showed up to a bar in Salt Lake City with them on Tuesday night. Mueller was reportedly barefoot and looked “disheveled” as she tried to bum a cigarette from a fellow bargoer.
Witnesses told TMZ that Mueller also arrived to the bar with a nanny, with whom she allegedly got into an altercation. Mueller reportedly left the bar before police arrived, and then visited several local hotels in search of a room.
The search continued into Wednesday morning when Mueller was reportedly spotted driving past a car wash at approximately 6 a.m. with Bob and Max in her SUV. According to TMZ, witnesses saw Mueller “swinging wildly at her kids,” one of whom allegedly begged, “Don’t call the cops, they are going to take my mommy away!”
Law enforcement sources later told TMZ that Utah police spoke with Mueller on the phone and came to the conclusion that the twins were no longer in danger.
Sheen, 51, who filed for divorce from the actress in 2010, told TMZ: “I’m just trying to get my kids home safe. I have no other details that relate to the ongoing event.” (As fans may remember, Mueller claimed that Sheen threatened her with a knife during a fight in December 2009. The actor was arrested on Christmas morning and charged with two felonies, second-degree assault and menacing, and a misdemeanor of criminal mischief. He was later sentenced to 30 days in a drug rehab center, 30 days of probation and 36 hours of anger management.)
A Salt Lake City PIO told Us Weekly that there was an “ongoing investigation” prior to TMZ’s report that the boys were found safe and sound, but could not confirm if Mueller and her sons were involved.
“We were sent on a disturbance this morning and we’re looking into it,” the PIO explained. “Due to the nature of it, we can’t comment on it because it’s an ongoing investigation. … We received a call at 6:30 a.m. this morning about a disturbance in our city and we were dispatched on that, and that’s why we’re investigating right now.”
The PIO confirmed to Us that “no one was arrested or taken into custody.”
A source tells Us: “[Mueller] wants to be well, she wants to be a good mom. She even joined the PTA at her kids’ school, and she left L.A. to start over in Salt Lake, but she still is struggling.”
TMZ reported that Mueller moved from L.A. to Utah earlier this year to enter a rehabilitation center, and has since received treatments through an outpatient program.
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